El Paso music producer, principal who helped Khalid react to Time 100 recognition

El Paso News

Here in the Borderland and across the nation, we all know his name. Now the world gets to.

Time Magazine named El Paso’s Khalid one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. 

El Paso music producers at Beacon Hill Recording Studios who worked with Khalid on his platinum hit, ‘Location’, said talent has always been here in El Paso. Alfredo Gonzalez, a music producer at Beacon Hill shared many artists are now realizing they can achieve their dreams.

“They saw another high school kid live out his dream and continue to do that and the more we see kids actually go after that and truly pursue those passions, I think we’re going to keep hearing more stories of success,” Gonzalez said.

KTSM spoke with his former high school principal at Americas High School, who admits it’s a dream itself for educators to watch students go after their dreams and succeed.

“One of the big blessings that I have is just to be able to see students every day going after their dream. To actually see it coming true for Khalid, I’m not surprised,” Principal Patricia Ferdinand Cuevas shared, “He’s just a great individual but it gives you great honor because you were a part of that, hopefully, of the person that he has become and will continue to be.” 

Grammy award winner Alicia Keys did the write-up on Khalid in Time Magazine, and said, “He’s a beautiful writer with the ability to take human concepts and make you understand and feel them.”

Khalid’s second album ‘Free Spirit’ was recently listed number one of the Billboard chart


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